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Tool Talk Thursday: Small Kiln Survey Part V: Paragon SC Series

This week brings us to the end of our small kiln surveys.  I am featuring the Paragon SC Digital Series this week.  These kilns come in three different sizes and they all have the Sentry Xpress Digital controller.  They differ in several ways from the kilns we have looked at so far in this series of blog posts:

  • They have front loading doors
  • They have a muffle/fiber lining
  • They don't fire any higher than 2000 degrees F.
  • They are much lighter
  • They heat up faster
  • They are nice for doing raku because of the front loading door
  • They are easy to take with you for teaching classes or traveling
  • They don't have much dust
  • They are great for fusing glass, metal clay, and enamel
  • If the elements go out it is much more expensive to repair a muffle/fiber kiln than a brick lined kiln

As you can see in the photo above, which is my SC3, I am using it to fire a load of beads for raku.  I have used a metal bead rack so that I can easily pull out all the beads at once from the hot kiln and then drop them into the can with straw for the reduction firing.  .   Afterwards, I put the hot rack into cold water which further enhances the glazes.
If you look closely at the open door on the left you can see where I put insulating material to protect the window.  You also get a good look at the muffle type of lining these kilns have.

Here is a side shot of my Paragon SC3. You can see that the door has a sturdy hinge and opens up 180 degrees.   I got the taller version so I could make a bigger bead rack for it for the raku firings.  I have done quite a few in it without any problems.  Again you can see that I have protected the window with fiberglass insulation.

Here are the Specs on the SC series of  Kilns  from Paragon

Kiln Model Volts Temp. °F Opening Depth Feet Weight W. x D. x H. Amps Watts Config.


SC-1, SC-2 & SC-3 2010 SPECIFICATIONS

SC-1 120 2000°        6”W x 3”H 3 ¾” .04 15 11” x 10” x 12 ¼”                            5 600 5-15R

SC-2 120 2000°         8”W x 5 ¾” H 7 ¾” .19 36 13 ¼” x 14” x 15 ½”                 12 1,440 5-15R

SC-3 120 2000°         7 ¾”W x 7 ¾” H 8” .28 41 13 ¼” x 14” x 17”                      15 1,800 5-15R

 Whole Lotta Whimsy  has a great chart that compares a number of small kilns and gives you pros and cons for most of them.  It also gives you a lot of important firing tips.

A couple of places where you  can purchase the Paragon SC 3 series kilns are  Whole Lotta Whimsy and Big Ceramic Store

We love to hear from you.  Tell us your small kiln experience.  Many readers and folks new to ceramic bead making will be coming back to these kiln posts to try and figure out which kiln would be best for them.  Your comments will be so helpful to them.  Many thanks for stopping by.

4 comments:

  1. this seems like a really sweet little kiln
    thanks for sharing.

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  2. I like this little kiln more now that I know more about it. Interesting to read about the muffle/fiber and elements. Great posting Mary, thanks again.

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  3. Mary, I'm so happy you have this kiln! I have a Paragon SC2 and purchased the Cayote Shino Glazes Marsha has shown on the blog. I fired the beads with the program I usually use and they came out rough like nail files. Have you used Cayote with this kiln and do you know what digital program to use or know who might be able to guide me. THANKS SO MUCH! Raida havanabeads@yahoo.com

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  4. Err.. possible stupid question from one who knows nothing about ceramics here Mary... but are you saying these kilns can be used to fire clay from scratch or is it just the glazing phases? I didn't think they were hot enough but if it is possible I'm about to get very excited!

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